What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine works with your body as an integrated whole to achieve what conventional medicine cannot. The current, mainstream model of medicine ignores the real causes of disease and illness; natural medicine incorporates prevention and wellness, which in turn gives you an opportunity to dramatically improve chronic problems that are poorly addressed by conventional medicine.

The answer to your health issues is not another prescription. The answer lies within the cause of the symptoms you are having, and correcting that causative factor.

For instance, did you know that menopausal insomnia is not due to a sleeping pill deficiency? Insomnia in these women is caused by hormone imbalance, which is a relatively straightforward condition to treat.

And did you know that indigestion and stomach pain are not due to a deficiency of acid blockers?  It’s usually caused by gastric inflammation from eating foods that your body doesn’t like.

Migraines don’t just happen. They can be caused by poor blood sugar regulation, lack of magnesium, food sensitivity, and other causes.  We identify and treat the cause, so you don’t have to medicate your symptoms for the rest of your life.

The list goes on and on. At Rocky Mountain Natural Medicine, we provide practical medical solutions that make sense, address the cause, and have little to no side effects.

How is this medical approach different, and why do you need it?

Naturopathic medicine focuses on caring for the main systems of your body, rather than providing a pill to correct symptoms. Symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong! So if you take a drug that treats the symptoms, does that make you well? No!  When a house is on fire, what is the first sign (or symptom) of this? Smoke. What creates the symptom of smoke? Right, fire!  So do you think treating the smoke, by opening the windows, will stop the fire? Of course not!  So then why is it okay to use this same approach on our bodies?
But don’t get me wrong. I am not anti-drug; rather I am pro-health and wellness.  Drugs are absolutely necessary, and they have saved countless lives.  But 80% of the illnesses from which we suffer are caused by poor diet and lifestyle, and drugs cannot fix these.
Our thinking about how we get sick is completely wrong. You cannot ‘catch’ a disease. You don’t just wake up one day with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, asthma or any other disease.  Current medical thinking and treatment of chronic or recurring disease is off the mark, and doesn’t help people to address their worsening health. Modern medicine is not making any progress in fighting chronic disease; in fact it is getting worse.
I believe that medicine is not just about taking a pill; it’s also about staying healthy.  Naturopathic medicine recognizes that complementary and traditional medical therapies play important - but different - roles in keeping you healthy. Naturopathic medicine is based on the premise that no single therapy can provide a complete solution to optimal health. It borrows the best science-based aspects of conventional and alternative therapies to treat the immediate problem AND identify the conditions that caused the problem in the first place.

The future of medicine is here. It does not include fancier, more costly drugs.

It does include a holistic approach that nourishes and revitalizes the body’s broken systems using naturally derived substances.  This revolutionary new way of thinking about health and disease will guide you toward renewed health and vitality.

Questions?  Please give us a call, and ask for Dr. Barker.